Thanks to Cheryl from Meadow Mist Designs and Cindy from Hyacinth Quilt Designs, I stretched myself to learn needle turn applique following Carloyn Friedlander‘s Rin Pattern. Today, I am excited to share that I was able to finish the second block and make my second pillow finish just under the wire for submitting my finishes to the final Rin finish parade that Cheryl and Cindy will host on Wednesday (the submissions were due on Sunday).
All along I had a vision of “his and hers” with my fabric pull for these blocks. My favorite color, as you well know, is blue, and my husband’s favorite color is green. The needle turn applique on “his” pillow is a bit bigger, as is his finished pillow (the seam allowance for the pillow goes close to the applique, but does not sew over it)!
I quilted a 1″ space grid across this pillow, to be very similar to the first but a little different (the blue pillow is quilted on a cross-hatch 45-degree angle). I used 50wt Aurifil 2692 (Black) for the needle turn applique and 50wt Aurifil 2870 (Green) for the quilting.
I cut out the block and shapes right after my first Rin Pillow finish, but I did not baste them until I was in Cleveland filming my Fresh Quilting segments. I had intended to use the 5 hour flight home to get a lot of needle turn applique finished for the block, but life had other plans (if you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you may have already read this story).
When I was boarding my flight, I came up to my row to find a mom wiping down the tray tables for her two oldest children. I inquired if she would want to switch me for my assigned window seat, and she quickly apologized and said that no, she needed to be in the row ahead of us with her 16-month old lap child, 2.5 year old who had a headache, and her husband. She then apologized to me for “winning the lottery” of sitting next to her children and gave them one last pep talk about what is their personal space and what is someone else’s. From there on out, I had a very fun time sitting next to her children. They were a bit nervous about flying, so I told them I used to design airplanes (“oh, so you were an engineer!”). Because they couldn’t see out the window very well, I told them when the baggage was done being loaded, when to get ready to be pushed back from the gate, and when we were lining up on the runway to take off (their 5-4-3-2-1 countdown was perfectly timed). We played Old Maid, did math puzzles, and I answered a lot of questions (“What is cancer? What would it be like to stand on the wing right now?”). In the end, 5 hours of sitting still was a bit much and really should be for any active children, but we all made it through with smiles on our faces. I did get a bit of applique started, and as a result I learned that the girl who sat on the isle’s favorite color is purple and she has a purple Janome sewing machine that she likes to use at home. The boy in the middle seat’s favorite color is gold and he thanked me quite seriously for a nice “plane date” as we were getting ready to get off the plane.
So along with having a his and hers pillow set from the RinAlong, I have some rather fond memories of my time on my flight home. Perhaps not as much sewing progress happened as I had envisioned, but hopefully they will think as fondly of their time on the flight as I will. I certainly have a fabulous finished pillow to help aid my memory.
Thank you for the wonderful quilt along, Cheryl and Cindy! I am glad I tried something new and have a new skill at my disposal as a result.